met Karen during the Kentucky Derby in 1994. On that
very first night we met we talked about having our own
business. At the time I had been in Medical Sales for
the past 25 years, but when Karen and I blended our two
families together it just wasn’t what I wanted anymore.
I was on the road 4 days a week and had no time to spend
with Karen and our five kids.
Don’t get me wrong, medical sales was very lucrative. It
provided well for our family, especially considering I
didn’t have a college education. Then the last company I
was with was bought out 3 times in 5 years. My last
year, it was October and I still didn’t know what the
details of my compensation were.
we thought about what we could do and realized that in
order to get the time and financial freedom we were
looking for, we would need to have our own business.
Ironically I walked into a grand opening of a franchise
restaurant and thought…we can do this! So that is what
we did…we decided to open franchise restaurants. Except
we weren’t wealthy – we took my retirement, borrowed
money from Karen’s Dad and a $340,000 SBA loan. We made
the worst business decision ever! In 3 short years, we
had 3 restaurants, were on the verge of bankruptcy and
$700,000 in debt. So absolutely no time or financial
That’s when we were introduced to the manufacturer we
market for and made the best business decision. We fell
in love with the products, the company and their
marketing model. In 5 years, we paid off our debt and
relocated to a city of our choice. I was able to retire
from medical sales and now we are rebuilding our
retirement. We love paying it forward by helping others
not make the same mistakes we did and truly change their
We have changed our lives – why not yours?